The Best Year of Your Life
Debbie Ford
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The Best Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It
Debbie Ford
224 pages
January 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Best-selling author, success coach and popular speaker Debbie Ford returns with another inspiring and motivating book, The Best Year of Your Life. The author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and last year’s The Right Questions this time takes on goal-setting and using the power of intention to live the life of your dreams. But first, she tells us, we must identify our blocks and negative behaviors and change the way we view ourselves, and our world.

With her usual personal warmth and directness, Ford, who is the founder of the Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching, first asks the powerful question, what would you need to feel in order to live the best year of your life? That question then leads to specific goals and actions you can take in order to bring about the circumstances that lead to the feelings you want to achieve, whether it be a feeling of worth, empowerment, happiness, health or wealth. Ford believes that all our desires and goals come down to our wanting to feel a certain way, and that once we identify that feeling, we can then figure out new and creative ways to achieve the feeling within ourselves first.

Divided into three sections - Dream It, Plan It, and Live It - the book offers tons of inspiring ideas, anecdotes and exercises geared toward turning those usual New Year’s resolutions into real and tangible steps that can lead toward a life lived with passion, enthusiasm and purpose. Ford talks about creating powerful intentions, stepping into your greatness and not living “small,” cleaning out clutter to make room for new things, living with impeccable integrity, living in the power of the moment, changing negative inner talk to positive, and using your life as an example to inspire others. These and other concepts are presented in Ford’s highly accessible writing style, which always serves to motivate.

There are also wonderful online resources for further personal and spiritual development listed in the back of the book, and throughout, Ford suggests visiting her website,, to download free worksheets associated with the book content. The Best Year of Your Life does not offer any new breakthroughs into human behavior or consciousness, nor is it a textbook-style “how-to” guide to better living. Rather, it is an empowering blueprint for happiness and fulfillment, filled with ideas and examples that will help even the most stuck-in-a-rut person get moving again in the direction of their dreams.

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